What a magnificent night! Last evening saw the Midlands Food Drink & Hospitality Awards take place at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground.
The Midlands Food Drink & Hospitality industry was out in full force and saw over 450 people in attendance, including the biggest names and faces in the food and catering industry from all around the West Midlands, to honour and award the very best restaurants, cafes, eateries, chains, hotels, chefs and more in the world of hospitality.
The MFDH awards was again this year headline sponsored by Pepsi Max, with diamond sponsor NFU Mutual, and category sponsors Birmingham City University, Pathway Group, NA Consulting, High Speed Training, Bacardi and Laurent Pierre.
The night kicked off with a stellar reception that welcomed the guests, hosts, judges and sponsors to the beautifully decorated venue at the cricket ground. It was an electric night full of fun and frolics.
Host Raaj Shamji, known for his flamboyance and infectious humour, and his eclectic band kept the guests entertained with their unique brand of wit, wonder and flair. They brought a sense of cabaret, zest and fun to the night that kept everything up and lively.
Live music was provided by the Walsall Wallaz and Beat Asylum, guests were also treated to a stunning performance from Nemesis from Britain’s Got Talent.
Drinks were aplenty at the bar and food was provided from Mahir’s Experience. The delectable cuisine was perfectly fitting for a night celebrating the very best in food.
Needless to say, when it came to the winners, the level of excitement and tension was palpable. Some of the most coveted awards and winners of the night included Best Hotel which went to The Belfry, Best Steak House which was awarded to the Andersons and Best Chef which was picked up by Brad Carter of Carters.
The crowd moved to the after party after the awards was over, which saw yet more fun, laughs and partying with music provided by DJ AKB. Anita Chumber and Ifraz Ahmed, the organisers of the night, commented:
“It is overwhelming to see so much support for this very important industry in the Midlands. The awards, now in its second year, has been a huge success.
“We would like to wish a huge congratulations to the winners & nominees and thank you to everyone that has supported the event this year.”
Next year’s MFDH awards is already being planned and looks set to be even bigger, better and brighter.
Look forward to seeing you next year!
For images from the night, see the links below. More will be released in the coming days!
Social Frames: http://bit.ly/mfdha17
For the full list of winners look below:
FINE DINING ADAMS
GASTROPUB THE BOOT INN
CURRY HOUSE ASHERS
ORIENTAL SABAI SABAI
STEAK HOUSE ANDERSON BAR AND GRILL
SPANISH EL BORRACHO DE ORO
VEGETARIAN WAREHOUSE CAFÉ
PEOPLE’S CHOICE BECKETTS FARM
CHEF BRAD CARTER – CARTERS
BLOGGER SIMON CARLO
FOOD PRODUCER EAST END FOODS
RESTAURANT MANAGER KINGSLEY CROCKER – HARBOURNE KITCHEN
RISING STAR NITISHA PATEL
STREET FOOD/POP UP BAKED IN BRICK
FOOD FESTIVAL DIGBETH DINING CLUB
COCKTAIL BAR THE EDGBASTON
TRADITIONAL PUB THE WELLINGTON
SOMMELIER NICO ANTE
HOTEL BAR MALMAISON
DRINKS MERCHANT CONNOLLY’S WINES
AFTERNOON TEA THE EDGBASTON
INDEPENDENT COFFEE SHOP SIX EIGHT KAFE
CASINO GENTING INTERNATIONAL
BREWERY SADLERS ALES
APPRENTICESHIP EMPLOYER HILTON METROPOLE
BEST HOTEL THE BELFRY
BOUTIQUE HOTEL HOTEL DU VIN
GENERAL MANAGER CRAIG NEWMAN – HAMPTON MANOR
VENUE RAGLEY HALL
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT RAJDOOT